General News of Fri, 6 Jan 201720
Appoint more youth – AFAG to Akufo-Addo
Pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Alliance (AFAG), has called on president-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to ensure that he appoints more youth to leadership positions in his administration.
According to him, such appointments will help the young ones to be nurtured and their skills utilized for the development of the country.
“AFAG wants to urge the President-Elect and the appointing authority to look within the pool of the NPP to ensure that young people of excellent standard and virtue who form a sizeable number of the human resource at the nation’s disposal are identified nurtured,” AFAG said in a statement.
The statement comes on the back of administrative staff announced by Akufo-Addo on Wednesday.
About four persons considered to be very youthful made it into Akufo-Addo’s list of 13 appointments he made including Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor, both Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency and Clara Napaga Sulemana Tia, a Presidential Staffer.
He also named Akosua Frema Osei-Opare as his Chief of Staff.
AFAG in the statement said it is impressed and content with the new appointees.
“AFAG is content with the quality of appointments made so far by President-Elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. As an institution that cherishes good governance, we are impressed with the brilliant men and women of substance that would be manning the office of the president.”
“The appointment of the first female Chief of Staff is laudable and it deserves commendation of the highest esteem. Also, the inclusion of vibrant and result orientated youth who distinguished themselves in service to the nation should also be celebrated. These sharp young minds must be properly nurtured by the best senior citizens to ensure the continuity of the moral fibre of our Ghanaian society,” AFAG added.
Ofosu-Kwakye questions Nana Addo’s appointment of young people
Meanwhile, the outgoing Deputy Minister of Communications, Felix Ofosu-Kwakye, has questioned the rationale for the appointment of young persons in Nana Akufo-Addo’s government, considering that he and his young colleagues were heavily criticized by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to him, when President John Mahama and late President John Mills took the same decision, they were condemned by the NPP.
“It is unfortunate that when President Mills and President Mahama gave opportunities to young persons to contribute to national development persons in the opposition and some surrogates of theirs sought to bastardize them and did not allow them the opportunity to make that contribution. Here we are the President-elect has appointed at least three people within their circles to serve in his government and the same people who derided others appointed by President Mills and President Mahama are now falling over themselves to uphold the image and integrity of these young men,” he noted.